Oral Health Sciences 2A

Subject ORAL20003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 56 hours of lectures, seminars, computer assisted learning and clinical work
Total Time Commitment: Not available

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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Prof Michael Mccullough


Melbourne Dental School

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Subject Overview:

This subject comprises three modules:

Oral Medicine and Pathology: Healing and repair in the oral cavity; developmental abnormalities of the dentition; microbiology, biochemistry and pathology of caries and periodontal diseases; pigmentation of the oral mucosa; oral ulcerations; premalignant oral lesions; cysts of the oral region; dysplasia and neoplasia of the oral mucosa; odontogenic neoplasms; dermatological and salivary gland disorders; infectious diseases and specific oral infections; oral manifestations of haematological disorders; antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agents.

Pharmacology and Pain Management: Analgesics; local anaesthetic agents and drug schedules; the pharmacology of local analgesia; applied anatomy relevant to local analgesia, administration of infiltration and inferior dental nerve block analgesia, complications of local analgesia and the management of dental pain.

Oral Biology: The causation, natural history, clinical appearance and prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Be able to recognise oral pathology in the clinical situation and to instigate appropriate referral;
  • Comprehend the relevance to dental care of the various medical conditions and associated therapies;
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the principles of pharmacology in relation to drugs and other medical agents used in dentistry; and
  • Have developed skills in the administration of local analgesia.

Have an understanding of:

  • The causes and pathogenesis of the common oral conditions;
  • The management of the common oral disorders; and
  • the biochemistry of the teeth, supporting structures and saliva.

  1. One 3-hour written examination at the end of Semester 1 (90%)
  2. One 15-minute viva voce examination and competency based practical assessment in mid-semester (10%).

Hurdle requirements:

A pass in the competency based practical assessment must be obtained before treatment of patients can commence in Semester 2.

75% attendance at Lectures; 100% attendance at Seminars/Tutorials, Pre-Clinical & Clinical Sessions, and Clinical & Case Simulations/Discussions.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills:

  • multimedia;
  • communication;
  • comprehension and critical analysis of scientific concepts and principles
  • problem solving
  • leadership and team work
  • critical analysis and decision making.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Oral Health

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